Disused Pier – CONSULARDIPTYCHJune 2014 – KR070
Joss Manley and his friend Ed Davies (Goobliter) made some music. It is messy and squelchy and made using lots of different things (including old computers and consoles) and it made a really nice alternative sound track to the lovely Shadowrun Returns game when you get fucking sick of the drum and bass track that plays over and over again when you are in combat. This is incomprehensible cyberpunk music. Sorry.
Interesting Game Boy/chipmusic releases seem quite few and far between these days. Sure, some kids released some technically spectacular EDM/Trance/Bassmicrogenre stuff but they didn’t seem to contain much emotion beyond party hard dudes and they leave me feeling a little cold.
Then I was just cruising the chipmusic.org website and saw that tMt (the mist toggles) had released a new little something on Chippanze. Full of bass atmospheric textures, moody feelings and freaky percussion.
Apparently it’s all about interactions between sounds, waves, ear drums, modulations and adaptations and it aims at physical reactions by attentive listeners.
Yeah. Get stuck in.
Big Chip, ESC & Dauragon – Bitches 2January 2014 – KR069
I don’t really know what the bitches thing is all about. I asked and was told that it might be an old #8BC IRC joke but that it might now be about dogs and misogyny.
I guess things change. Should we judge artists for personal views? Or just misplaced irony from 4 years ago? Anyway some of this is glitchy and some of this is chirpy reggae and some of this is moody beats in a sort of album from three different artists.
1-BIT WIZARDS – The Journey BeginsJuly 2013 – KR067
After more than one year of delay, we finally present you this unique compilation of 1-bit music. All tracks were composed for the ZX Spectrum 48K home computer and its monophonic beeper.
Lush fuzzy chords, clickly percussion, yup this is everything you need for a quality Speccy bleeper release!
Featuring tracks by TDM, MISTER BEEP, MIND BODY ALPHA, FACTOR6, IRRLICHT PROJECT, FLUITVOLD, WARLORD and SHIRU.
Biographs – Notes March 2013 – KR066
Hey, we have a new release! New Biographs as well!
I guess this release falls somewhere between Burial and Boards of Canada but using Nanoloop 2.3 as a sound source.
More beautiful mellow atmospheres. I don’t really know what else to say really. I hope this has sold it to you.
Considering it’s an electronic form of music, there are still a lot of types of modern electronic music that remain fairly unexplored in a chipmusic way. Sure, there are a few people making popular EDM style stuffs (until it goes out of fashion) but there are very few making freaky techno, electro, acid and other genres I suppose you might bundle under unlikeable terms like IDM, Braindance or analogue and digital.
This new MSX release from Amiga VJ Poke-1,170 on 8bitpeoples fits into this category perfectly with its chrisp electro beats, spooky droneing pads and rumbling FM bass. Perfect 90s nostalgia that sounds like early Autechre and Drexciya, which thats a good thing.
Can you measure how chip something is? People don’t even seem to be able to agree on what chip music is anyway, so how can you begin to measure something when you dont even know what you are measuring? Maybe someone could do some graphs with data from Pouet or something.
I don’t know but 8GB can because this is 85/90% with Protracker 2.3 on Amiga. It is maybe a bit vague for me but given the circumstances, what can you do.
Another great little something for people who don’t like chipmusic that sounds like unicorns ejaculating rainbows into your ears.
It’s funny how things work, one moment weird internet chip culture hates chipstep, when suddenly, Chibi-Tech, who looks great in a dress and had one of standout tracks on the 8BP050 compilation (even better, it’s on the free bonus disk), appears with a technically impressive EDM NES number and suddenly everyone gets it. While it shows an absurd amount of patience (probably with vibrato commands) it’s fantastic to hear the NES getting in on some heavy growling bass.
Anyway before that happened, Kraettz released Galaxy Whore Recovery Center on Dubstep/Future Garage netlabel Vekta Records. While the old consoles are just as heavily processed as Chibi-tech’s in post production, it takes us to a much more subtle and atmospheric realm with apocalyptic clunks, odd bleeps and droney basslines.